Grandmaster Toney, who served with distinction as our Chairman from 1997 to 2011, was born in 1933.
was one of the original board members of the old Southwest Karate Black Belt Association
and of the original AKBBA.
He retired from a career as a research geologist at the University of Texas at Arlington.
He began his karate training in the early 1960s at the Texas Instruments Karate Club (TEXINS), which served as the flagship for the development of the Allen Steen Texas Karate Institute Empire.
He earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1968.
"Mr. Toney," as he
is both respectfully and affectionately known throughout the southwest, is one of the most respected and admired teachers Allen Steen's schools ever had.
Many nationally and internationally rated fighters of the era call Mr. Toney
Most of these students have gone on to become instructors or school owners, carrying with them Grandmaster Toney's lessons and insights so that they can be passed onto others.
tournament career occured in his
late 30s and early 40s.
Today there are tournament divisions for "over 35" but in the 1960s a forty year old had to face 20-year-olds and in Texas that usually meant a 20-year-old nationally ranked fighter.
Most 40-year-olds simply didn't compete.
But there were notable exceptions, such as Mr. Toney
, always one to consider himself a student, was forever willing to learn from anyone, anywhere, at any time.
has achieved black belt rankings in Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan, Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan, Okinawan Dai Ni Gojuryu, and Jujitsu.
was named Shihan for North America by the Kokusai Dai Ni Gojuryu Karate Kyokai.
has also spent many years studying weapons.
Although retired from regular teaching, he
is still in great demand for belt tests and consultation.
You would be hard pressed to find someone more qualified or experienced at watching your technique and correcting problems.
poise and personal attitude of fairness and enthusiasm is a credit to the martial arts.
The wisdom he
has demonstrated throughout his
distinguished martial arts career has earned him full respect from all who have the honor of knowing him.
In May of 2000, Grandmaster Toney
was inducted into the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame
and in 2011 was inducted into the Karate Masters Hall of Fame